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Amouage’s latest entries into the perfume new release overload (though I do think it’s slowed down this year, no?) is Reflection – one for her and one for him.
Amouage Reflection Women has notes of Water violet, freesia, tropical green leaves, magnolia, ylang ylang, jasmine, amber, musk, cedarwood, sandalwood. When it went on, it scared me. It was skewing off into an aquatic swamp. I’ve read other reviews where it stays there on some people. I didn’t find that to be true for me. It pulls back into a much more woody floral territory – a decent amount of nose space seems to be magnolia, which is nice – that is soft, feminine, and very fresh feeling. I do get some aquatic floating around in it vaguely, but not enough to bother me. Those of you that despise aquatics of all sorts may want to give it a miss. It’s a well done, great summer fragrance, but it just doesn’t do it for me like a lot of their other scents. It is a nice departure from the normal oud/incense/skank area they dwell in most of the time, but I sorta like their normal territory. At their regular price tag, it’s not all that compelling.
Amouage Reflection Man has notes of Rosemary, red pepper berries, bitter orange leaves, neroli, orris, jasmine, ylang ylang, vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood. This is a nice, cool, masculine scent. It covers a lot of classic men’s territory, but the red pepper and rosemary give it a little bit of a slant so it does and doesn’t smell typically masculine. I’m sort of enamored with this, it’s definitely a power scent that would be great on your investment banker type.